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The appropriations for 1909 varied from those in the year Appropriapreceding only in the following particulars:
Salaries (Copyright Office): An Assistant Register of Copyrights, at $2,500.
Card indexes: The appropriation for service in connection with the distribution of card indexes increased from $10,800 and $1,500 (deficiency) for 1908 to $16,800 for 1909. .
Printing and binding: The allotment decreased to $202,000 as an offset to the increased appropriation for card indexes, certain service heretofore rendered by the Government Printing Office in connection with the distribution of printed catalogue cards and charged to the allotment for printing and binding being transferred to the Library of Congress and provided for under the appropriation for card indexes.
Building and grounds: One telephone switchboard operator at $720 and i assistant telephone switchboard operator at $600 in place of 2 telephone operators at $600 each. One hundred thousand dollars toward the construction, mechanical equipment, electric lighting, and roofing of a stack of shelving for bound newspapers and books in the southeast court of the Library building, to cost not exceeding $300,000.
The appropriations for 1909-10 include the following changes and additional provisions:
Salaries (general service): General administration: Two Appropria. stenographers and typewriters at $1,000 each (in place of 2 stenographers and typewriters, i at $1,200 and i at $720); a messenger boy at $360.
Reading Room: Two attendants (for gallery and alcoves), at $480 each.
Music Division: The salary of the chief of the division increased from $2,000 to $3,000 and of the chief assistant from $1,400 to $1,500.
Law Library: Salary of Law Librarian made $3,000 (covering the compensation of $500 for supervision of preparation of the new index to the Statutes at Large).
Copyright Office: Salary of Register of Copyrights increased from $3,000 to $3,500, and later (through the defi
ciency act of August 5, 1909) to $4,000; salary of Assistant Register of Copyrights increased from $2,500 to $3,000; and the following additional positions: i at $1,800, 2 at $1,600 each, 2 at $1,000 each, 2 at $600 each, and a messenger boy at $360.
Carrier service: Two messengers, at $40 per month each, to serve during the session of Congress and for services in connection with the House Office building.
Index to the Statutes at Large: Phraseology of the item changed to read as follows: "For continuing the preparation of an index to the Statutes at Large of the United States, $10,000, to be expended by the Librarian of Congress for the salaries of the persons whom he employs to prepare the index and for incidental expenses; the scope, classification, and style of the index to be such as the Judiciary Committees of the two Houses of Congress shall direct or approve."
Building and grounds: The appropriation for furniture, etc., reduced from $40,000 to $25,000; and the balance ($200,000) of the fund ($300,000) in the appropriations for the fiscal year 1908-9 provided for the completion of the construction, mechanical equipment, electric lighting, and roofing of the stack of shelving for bound newspapers and books in the southeast court of the Library building.
The report of the Register of Copyrights appears in full as Appendix II. It brings to date the record of the proceedings in Congress resulting in the new general copyright act which became effective on July 1, 1909, and supersedes all of the previously existing laws. It includes also a report of the International Congress held at Berlin October 14 to November 14, 1908 (primarily of the members of the Union of Berne), but at which the United States, though a nonsignatory, was represented by the Register, together with the text of the new convention adopted November 13 embodying its agreements.
The principal statistics of the business done are as follows:
9,830.00 15, 607.00
II, 255.00 16, 390.50
$54, 140.50 11,850.00 17,069.00
Fees received and applied
Domestic (50 cents) entries
Total number of deposits received (material of all classes, including
211, 138 117, 704
I 20, 131
Total communications received, including parcels, but excluding
deposits noted above. Total communications sent out (including letters written)
73, 478 I 29, 600
87,564 145, 020
92, 149 161, 728
94, 764 164, обу
The fees from copyrights are covered into the Treasury and not applied directly to the maintenance of the Copyright Office. They form a regular revenue of the Government, however, and a net revenue over the direct expenses of the Office, as appears from the following comparison:
Receipts and Fees covered in during the fiscal year 1908-9, as above.-- $83, 816.75 expenses
The amount expended for salaries ($77,586.52) includes the sum of $4,680 paid in salaries to certain employees who have been classifying and crediting the old deposits received prior to 1897. This expenditure is chargeable to arrears. The current expenses of the Office are therefore considerably more than met by the current receipts.
The above statement includes all disbursements except the cost of furniture, of printing, and of binding, but only cash receipts. In addition to cash fees the copyright business brings each year to the Government, in articles deposited, property to the value of many thousands of dollars. During the past fiscal year 217,869 such articles were received. The value of those drawn up into the collections of the Library far exceeded the amount of net cash earnings.
The work of the Copyright Office is divided into two parts: (1) The current business, covering applications received since the reorganization of the Office under the Register in 1897; (2) the arrears, the classification, crediting, and indexing of the entries and deposits prior to 1897 (i. e., from 1870, when the copyright business was first placed under the Librarian of Congress).
On the oth day of July, 1909, when the report of the Copy. Current copyright Office was submitted, the remittances received up to the third mail of the day had been recorded and acknowledged; the account books of the bookkeeping division were written up and posted to June 30, and the accounts rendered to the Treasury Department were settled up to and including the month of June, while earned fees to June 30, inclusive, had been paid into the Treasury. All copyright applications received up to and including June 30 had been passed upon and refunds made.
The total unfinished business for the full twelve years from July 1, 1897, to June 30, 1909, amounts to but $81.66, against a total completed business for the same period of $858,422.75.
At the close of business on July 9, 1909, the titles for record had been dated, classified, and numbered to July 2 (inclusive) for books and periodicals and to July 1 for all other classes. All titles had been indexed up to and including June 30.
The articles of all classes deposited during the year had been stamped, catalogued, and credited up to the receipts of June 30, inclusive.
The Catalogue of Copyright Entries, which since the transfer of its publication from the Treasury Department to the Library of Congress (see Appendix II) has been issued in four separate parts, had been brought forward, in the new series, to Part 1, Group 1, books, etc., Vol. 6, No. 25, June 24; Part 1, Group 2, pamphlets, leaflets, etc., Vol. 6, Nos. 22–25, June; Part 2, periodicals, Vol. 4, Nos. 22–25, June; Part 3, musical compositions, Vol. 4, Nos. 22–25, June; Part 4, engravings, cuts, and prints, etc., Vol. 4, Nos. 22-25, June.
The certificate and noncertificate entries had been recorded to June 30, inclusive, and certificates and notices of entry to the same date made, revised, and mailed.